"Who is telling the story?"
It's an important question.
It took me well over a dozen listens before realizing a nightlight is the narrator in They Might Be Giant's Birdhouse In Your Soul. It was only then that the richness of its lyrical composition become apparent.
Temple of Doom will likely never be seen as a woke piece of cinema, but in order to properly contextualize the film, it's integral to identify Short Round as the point-of-view. Essentially, he's telling the story, and he's telling it to a very specific audience: young, culturally western boys.
- Girls are annoying.
- Bugs are icky.
- Foreign food is gross.
- Exotic places are freaky
- Non-Judeo-Christian religions are scary.
- Rollercoasters are awesome.
Somehow the casual racism is charming and the juvenile mindset is endearing.
I might be an apologist, but that doesn't mean I'm sorry.
(However, I will admit to liking that Justin Bieber song.)